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Apple iTV - The Next Step

August 22, 2010 10:39:48.901

While I like NetFlix and Hulu, setting them up on the TV is still something of a chore - you have to hook up a Mac or PC, and then navigate the "not built for a TV screen" interface. So if Apple ships the next generation Apple TV based on what they've learned from the iPhone and iPad?

Expect to see an iPhone/Pad like marketplace for television applications. Video sharing/streaming/recording apps, interactive news apps, and of course games.

That's Kevin Rose speculating on what it could mean. If Apple makes that move, they'll get a real foothold, I think - people hate their cable boxes. The DVR features are sub-optimal, the controls for streaming from on demand are terrible - and there's a monthly charge for each of the crappy boxes.

Give people the ability to easily synch everything they have on their iPads and their TVs, along with casual gaming ad streaming - and an interface that doesn't get in the way - and I think you'll have a hit. I'll be looking at this with interest...

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Apple iTV - The Next Step

[Mike Brazinski] August 22, 2010 14:19:10.046

What are you talking about a chore? Maybe Hulu but Netflix couldn't be easier. The XBox and Wii interfaces are very simple. You can also go out and pick up a dedicated unit for not much money. Hooking up the dedicated unit is no more difficult than an AppleTV.

Hooking up and iPod or iPad is also simple and painless. Apple TV is a product without a niche and should simply remain a forgotten Apple failure.

Re: Apple iTV - The Next Step

[Vincent Clement] August 22, 2010 20:40:26.313

I guess this may work if you have unlimited or a high bandwidth cap with your ISP, otherwise, the savings in dumping cable TV or satellite will be offset by overages and/or premium ISP accounts.

Monthly charges for a DVR? Interesting. Here in Canada you can buy your box. Sometimes the cable TV company will offer the box for free or a discount. My original cable box (non-DVR) was free. I own it.

Re: Apple iTV - The Next Step

[james Robertson] August 23, 2010 1:55:10.270

Verizon doesn't have any kind of cap on FIOS service so far.

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